Is the Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession) necessary to have your sins forgiven or can you go straight to God? Why do we need this Sacrament? Where did it come from? What does sin do? We, though many, are one body in Christ and individually parts of one another. If one part suffers, all the parts suffer with it; if one part is honored, all the parts share its joy. 1440 Sin is before all else an offense against God, a rupture of communion with him. At the same time it damages communion with the Church. For this reason conversion entails both God s forgiveness and reconciliation with the Church. On the evening of that first day of the week, when the doors were locked, where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in their midst and said to them, Peace be with you. When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. The disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. (Jesus) said to them again, Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you. And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, Receive the holy Spirit. Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them, and whose sins you retain are retained. P
confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. P When it arises from a love by which God is loved above all else, contrition is called perfect (contrition of charity).
Such contrition remits venial sins; it also obtains forgiveness of mortal sins if it includes the firm resolution to have recourse to sacramental confession as soon as possible P(CCC 1452). If there is a danger of death or if, in the judgment of the diocesan Bishop or of the Episcopal Conference, there is some other grave and pressing need, catholic ministers may lawfully administer these same sacraments to other Christians not in full communion with the catholic Church, who cannot approach a minister of their own community and who spontaneously ask for them, provided that they demonstrate the catholic faith in respect of these sacraments and are properly disposed. P (Code of Canon Law, canon 844. 4) God commanded we confess our sins to one another in the Bible. (James 5:16) It is theP. We receive grace to resist sin through the Sacrament, as well as forgiveness. We learn humility by having to confess to another person. There is built-in accountability. Our relationship with the rest of the Church is healed. We receive counsel from the priest. We can be comforted hearing the words of absolution. All are sins are wiped away. Helps give you the strength to forgive others. It doesn t cost anything. We may not be positive that we haveP Pwithout it. Helps us go deep within and think about how we can improve. It feels good emotionally.
When we realize (again) we are sinners, it is easier to be patient with others. Always confidential what is said in the confessional stays in the confessional. No more guilt. We are better prepared to receive the Eucharist. Forgiveness is a necessary part of growing in holiness. Our consciences can be better formed. If we have mortally sinned, then Confession brings us back into the family of God The Church as well as restores sanctifying grace in our souls! 1. Confession helps us to better Бknow thyself. Б St. Augustine and countless other saints and doctors of the Church talk about the importance of knowing ourselves well. Through coming to know ourselves better, we realized how fallen we are, and how badly we need GodБs help and grace to get through life. Frequent Confession helps remind us to rely on God to help rid us of our sins. 2. Confession helps us overcome vice. The grace we receive from the Sacrament of Confession helps us combat our faults and failings and break our habits of vice much more easily and expediently than we could otherwise do without the sacramental grace. 3. Confession brings us peace. Guilt from the sins we commit can make us feel all mixed up inside and cause us to lose our peace and joy. When we hear GodБs forgiving words to us from the lips of the priest in Confession, a burden is lifted off our shoulders and we can again feel the peace of heart and soul that comes from being in a good relationship with God. 4. б Confession helps us become more saintly, more like Jesus.
Jesus was perfectly humble, perfectly generous, perfectly patient, perfectly lovingБperfectly everything! DonБt you wish you could be as humble, generous, patient, and loving as Jesus? Saints throughout history have felt that way too, and they have frequented the Sacrament of Reconciliation to help transform them into people who are more like Christ. Little images of ChristБthatБs what saints are! 5. б Confession makes our will stronger. Every time we experience the Sacrament of Confession, God strengthens our will and our self-control to be able to resist the temptations that confront us in our lives. We become more resolute to follow GodБs will and not our own whims. Of course, the list of benefits of the Sacrament of Confession goes on and on! But you have to go to reap the benefits! Going to Confession regularly will truly change your life. The words of absolution in the Confessional are truly beautiful: I absolve you from your sins, in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Jesus is waiting to forgive youБall you have to do is ask! DonБt miss out any longer on the healing power of Confession.